Milford & Letterkenny

Milford & Letterkenny GO Team (Wednesday & Thursday)

One key aspect of this GO Team has been the time that we have spent together in prayer. We have spent time praising God for his character and works, praying for him to build up his kingdom in Donegal, and interceding for fellow believers as they seek to serve him. It has been helpful to consider what Scripture has to say about prayer, and to use some of the examples of prayer it gives us as aids to help us in our praying.

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We're thankful for how God has greatly helped us in the Holiday Bible Club over the last two days. On Wednesday Laramie explained how Jesus is the light of the world (John 8:12) and on Thursday Ben taught the children that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6). The children have continued to listen well and even though the clouds have been threatening, we are thankful for dry weather. Quite a number of parents have spent time milling about at the park and this has provided us with great opportunities to talk with them.

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We've also spent time going from door to door in Milford in order to speak with them about the place of the gospel in Ireland today. God has blessed us with some interesting conversations and we are praying that the very fact we took the time to knock on people's doors would lead them to read one of the four gospels.

On Wednesday evening we met at the Loughridge's home for dinner and had a second evening of discussion. This time we shared some of our favourite verses and books of the Bible. It was especially encouraging to hear people share how God has used particular passages in painful and testing moments of their lives. We also discussed practical tips for making the most of our daily devotions. It has been encouraging throughout this week to open up with one another, whether by sharing our testimonies or by discussing our walks with God.

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On Thursday evening, Billy & Anne welcomed us to their home and we enjoyed getting to know them better. The team's resident mechanic particularly enjoyed some very technical discussion about farm machinery!

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PRAYER POINTS FOR FRIDAY

Tomorrow is the final day of the Holiday Bible Club and some of the children will be away. However please pray that we would still have a good turnout. 

Rebekah will be teaching the children that Jesus is the good shepherd who laid down his life for his sheep. Please pray that the Holy Spirit would work through her.

In the evening we will be attending a Milford congregational BBQ. Please pray that this would be an encouraging time of fellowship and pray that those who have been especially invited would also come along.

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Milford & Letterkenny GO Team (Tuesday)

Tuesday morning, after morning worship and prayers for the day's events, we finalised the preparations for the first Holiday Bible Club of the week. The theme of our HBC is the "I Am"s of Jesus.

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We began the week with Jonny's talk on Jesus as the Bread of Life with Rebekah in charge of the corresponding memory verse. The weather was quite pleasant if a bit grey but it didn't bother the children in the slightest, they were too engrossed into the story of feeding the five thousand!

In the afternoon, we set up for the Lunch Bunch involving a fun table quiz which included a round of Dingbats, a music round and an animal facts round. There was a lot of fun had in the quiz with a lot of conversations being struck up. Mark Loughridge gave an epilogue on the conversion of Mitsuo Fuchita, the man who led the attack on Pearl Harbour, from bitterness to love and forgiveness and he challenged us to do likewise. Following this, the winners of the quiz were announced and awarded with chocolates.

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We decided to rest up a bit before venturing off to Laramie's house for dinner. There, we were fed like kings with a large selection of meals, including six different types of fish which caught Ben's attention! Some friends and family joined us for the food and fellowship and seemed to get along quite well with our group and joined in with our games. It was encouraging to hear more of what God has been doing in people's lives.

By the end of the night, Oisin had accumulated a large collection of crackers which he was most pleased about!

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Milford & Letterkenny GO Team (Sunday & Monday)

Thanks so much for praying: we've had a really great start to the Letterkenny and Milford GO team. The team consists of Ben Matthess, Laramie Carey, Rebekah Moore, Georgie Allen, Oisin McDonnell, and Anna Coulter. 

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In the afternoon, we spent an hour distributing invitations for the Bible club which is scheduled to run this Tuesday to Friday. 

Members of both Letterkenny and Milford met with the team in Milford RPC for a time of praise and prayer in the evening followed by a time of fellowship. 

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Monday brought with it a day of preparation for the events scheduled for the rest of the week. In the morning, the team met at Jonny and Ruth's for a time of prayer. We spent time praising God for his character, using Scripture to help us in our praying, and focusing on specific needs of members of the congregation.

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Talks were then prepared, the church was cleaned, and quizzes and games were planned. A lot of artistic effort and thought went into our memory verses for the week! 

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Lisa and Sergio kindly invited the team for dinner, and we spent time discussing the ways in which each of us had become Christians. It was so encouraging to see how God has been working in our lives and we have lots of reasons to praise him! We're praying that God would use these times of encouragement to spur us on and to spur on members of both congregations. Later in the week we'll be spending time discussing aspects of living the Christian life and we're looking forward to more encouragements.

PRAYER POINTS:

Give thanks for the great fun and fellowship had by all the team so far, and the safety in travel to Donegal. 

Please pray for good numbers at the Bible club, and that that God would speak to each of the children through the talks on the great "I am"s of Scripture. Pray for good weather as the club is held outdoors in a local park. 

Pray that the Lunch Bunch scheduled for Tuesday would run smoothly, that the quiz would be enjoyed by all, and good conversations would be had between the team and the older folk. 

Pray that more contacts in the community would be made through the door to door work which will take place later in the week DV. 

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Milford & Letterkenny GO Team: Day 6 (Friday)

This is our final update of the week, and we are very conscious of how the Lord has been with us in all the activities we have taken part in over the course of the team.

Our hearts were moved this morning as we began our time of prayer by praising God in light of some passages in Revelation that speak particularly clearly and vividly about the worthiness of Jesus Christ the Son of God. This time of adoration also fed into our time of intercession; it is our prayer that the people we spent the morning praying for would come to see the glories of Christ Jesus for themselves.

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After our prayer time, we set out for the Holiday Bible Club. The sky was far from encouraging, but thankfully it stayed dry for our first set of games. However, it wasn't long until the heavens opened and we had to quickly set up a shelter for the singing, memory verse, and story. Sometimes being on a GO Team can mean serving in unglamorous ways - like holding up a tarpaulin in the rain so the children stay dry!

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Thankfully God enabled us to keep on going with the club in spite of the awful weather. Mark Loughridge challenged the children to follow Christ as he explained the parable of the wise and foolish builders.

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After lunch it was time to finish off our study of Tactics. Give thanks to God for this time of discussing how we can best give an answer for the hope that is within us. Since the weather had dried up, we also set out to give out some more invitations to church. This time, we went to Kerrykeel, a town just a few miles north of Milford. Give thanks in particular for one interesting conversation and pray that even though it ended quite abruptly, that God would use it in order to change this man's heart.

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We asked you to pray that it would stay dry for the BBQ and thankfully it did. However, the rain never seemed far away and it was a grey, miserable sort of night, so there were fewer people there than in previous years. We were encouraged by a number of people who did come, for whom we were specifically praying, so please join with us in thanking God for that.

It's hard to believe that the team is now over! We've taught stories, memory verses, and psalms to the children, held Bible studies, visited a nursing home, discussed apologetics, and knocked on doors. Yet, our most important work by far was coming before the throne of grace each morning in order to plead with God to advance his kingdom in Donegal. Please pray along with us that he would do this for his glory!

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Milford & Letterkenny GO Team: Day 5 (Thursday)

We are very thankful for God's goodness to us over this week so far - as we look back over the last 5 days, we are able to see different encouragements God has provided us with on each of those days.

By this point in the week, we're well settled into our routine. We meet in Jonny & Ruth's house at 9am and spend just over an hour praying. We have been using different materials to help us remain focused during our prayers and to help us follow some of the biblical patterns for prayers. These materials include lists of promises God has given to the church, lists of verses that speak of his glory and power, and lists of prayer points relating to the mission of the two congregations.

This morning we spent time praying in light of Psalms 146-150, before praying for Ireland, which has fewer gospel preaching churches than any other country in the English speaking world. We prayed by name for different brothers and sisters we know who are serving in other parts of the country. We also prayed for the conversion of family members and friends who are connected to the Milford congregation.

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For the first time this week we had to deal with rain during the Holiday Bible Club. Thankfully it wasn't wet enough to hold the children back, and 26 arrived this morning, so we set up a shelter and had a great time! This morning Jonny was explaining the parable of the hidden treasure. Please pray that the young people would come to see the all surpassing value of knowing Jesus Christ.

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The weather went downhill after lunch, so we had to hold back on giving out more invitations to church. That wasn't a problem though, as we took some extra time to continue with our study of Tactics and to discuss how we engage with those who question our faith. 

Thankfully there was a break in the rain and we were able to get out onto the streets of Letterkenny. There weren't many conversations that seemed noteworthy, but please pray that these personal encounters would make people more likely to come along to services.

After dinner, it was time for the last of our evenings with the teenage group. In our bible study we looked at how Jesus healed the blind man in Bethsaida, and how this illustrates the Holy Spirit giving us spiritual vision. It was very encouraging to hear those who were present interacting with the text. After the study we enjoyed making our own delicious, but very unhealthy milkshakes.

Prayer points

  • Pray for good weather for tomorrow's Holiday Bible Club and especially for the community BBQ
  • Pray that many local residents would come along to the BBQ, especially those who have been there in the past
  • Give thanks for the teenagers who have been at our evening events this week and pray that God would graciously enable them to walk in his ways in spite of the pressures they face
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Milford & Letterkenny GO Team: Day 4 (Wednesday)

Once again, we began our morning with prayer - praising God for his character and his works, and praying specifically for members of Letterkenny and for the conversion those who are in some way connected with the congregation. 

After this important work, we set out again to the local play park for the second day of our Holiday Bible Club. Give thanks for how it stayed dry the whole way through the club. We had 22 children again with some new faces among them.

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This morning Patrick Hamilton did the story, explaining the parable of the pharisee and the tax collector. Please pray that God would free these young people from the pride that blinds sinners to their true spiritual condition.

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This afternoon, we went into Letterkenny in order to deliver invitations to church. David also had the opportunity to visit with one of the members of Letterkenny who has been in hospital for a couple of months. Give thanks for how encouraging this time was. There was just time before dinner to squeeze in the latest session of our book discussion on Tactics by Gregory Koukl.

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Once again we spent the evening with Letterkenny’s youth group, so after a delicious dinner, we set out to play a round of footgolf. For those who aren't familiar with this fairly new sport, it's exactly what it sounds like - players kick a football along a golf course and try to get it into the hole. Again, we were so thankful to God for the dry weather he gave us to enjoy this activity.
 

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Unfortunately for different reasons, some of the young people have had to miss different events we have held this week, so please pray that they would be able to come to the bible study and games on Thursday night. Having said that, we are encouraged by how our work with the young people has gone this week and are especially thankful for a number of encouraging and profitable conversations.

Please pray for tomorrow’s activities - Jonny will be speaking at the Holiday Bible Club on the parable of the hidden treasure, we will be distributing more invitations in the afternoon, and David will be leading the evening bible study on Jesus healing the blind man at Bethsaida.

Milford & Letterkenny GO Team: Day 3 (Tuesday)

Every morning on the Milford & Letterkenny GO Team begins with prayer and today was no different. We firmly believe that unless God works, we are wasting our time in every activity we organise. Today we began with a period of adoration before praying for the members of Milford by name and committing the days activities to the Lord.

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This morning we began our Holiday Bible Club, held in one of the housing estates in Milford. We were thrilled by the turnout, with 22 children getting stuck into the games and listening enthusiastically to the talk. This morning, Stuart Fallows challenged them with the parable of the rich fool. 

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After the club, there was just enough time for lunch and a quick rehearsal before we headed to the church for the inaugural meeting of The Lunch Bunch for afternoon tea. The congregation is considering developing this into a regular event and are hoping that it will be an encouragement to the members of the church as well as providing opportunities to reach out to others in the community.

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Give thanks for how 27 people came along! They really enjoyed the food, the music, and the quiz that some of the members of the GO Team prepared.

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In the evening we were treated to a beautiful meal in the home of a family from Letterkenny and we enjoyed getting to know them better. 

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After dinner we had the second evening of Summer Youth Club. Unfortunately heavy rain and dramatic lightning meant beach games and ice cream wasn't a great option, so we hastily came up with a plan B of indoor games and hot chocolate. Thankfully the weather didn't hinder us and the young people had a great night.

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Tomorrow Patrick Hamilton will speak to the children at Holiday Bible Club about the parable of the pharisee and the tax collector. In the afternoon the team will be giving out invitations to church in Letterkenny and in the evening we plan to play footgolf with the youth group. Thanks for all your prayers for our work this week.

Milford & Letterkenny GO Team: Day 2 (Monday)

This was a day of getting ready for the events of this week, and starting into the most important aspect of our work - interceding with God for the advancement of his kingdom.

With the encouragement that not one word of God's promises has failed (Joshua 23:14), we spent the morning in prayer. Our focus today was on adoring God for his nature and works, using the promises of Scripture to inform our prayer requests, and praying for the work of brothers and sisters in Christ who are serving in other churches in Donegal.

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The morning and early afternoon were spent in preparation for the rest of the week. Holiday Bible Club games, memory verses, and psalms were prepared, the hall was set up for Tuesday's Lunch Bunch, and the musical members of team rehearsed for tomorrow's entertainment.

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Next, we made a start into giving out invitations to church around homes in the community. Over 100,000 people in Donegal live outside of built up areas. This can make reaching them a difficult and time consuming task and it is easy to overlook them by focusing exclusively on towns and villages. This afternoon the team focused on very rural areas, and while this means fewer invitations were given out, the homes we reached need the gospel as well.

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After this afternoon's work, we enjoyed the kind hospitality of one of the families belonging to the Milford congregation. In the evening we met up with Letterkenny's young people for a bible study on the woman who anointed Jesus' feet. We finished the evening by playing games and concocting new delicacies on a raclette. 

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Milford & Letterkenny GO Team: Day 1 (Sunday)

The team began in the most appropriate way possible, as we met with the members of New Life Fellowship for worship. Jonny was preaching on Psalm 87, which reminds us that God calls the unlikeliest of candidates and brings them into his kingdom. Please pray that God would shower the blessings of knowing Jesus Christ on many unlikely people in Donegal!

Among those who know me I mention Rahab and Babylon;
behold, Philistia and Tyre, with Cush—
“This one was born there,” they say.
And of Zion it shall be said,
“This one and that one were born in her”;
for the Most High himself will establish her.
— Psalm 87:4-5

After the service we enjoyed getting to know some of the members of the church in Letterkenny as we joined the congregation for lunch.

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Next, we went to a nursing home to meet with one of the residents who is a member of Milford and to sing for her and for the other residents. Give thanks for this opportunity to minister to one of God's people and for the opportunity to speak with those who were there about the psalms and about what we will be doing this week.

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We finished our day by committing our week to God along with the members of the Milford & Letterkenny congregations in an evening of praise and prayer. We would be delighted if you were to pray with us this week:

Monday's activities

  • Prayer
  • Planning for Holiday Bible Club
  • Preparation for The Lunch Bunch on Tuesday afternoon
  • Apologetics study
  • Door to door
  • Teenager bible study